The Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) and Fuss & O’Neill have won a SWANA Bronze Excellence Award in the category of Landfill Redevelopment. The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) awarded the Bronze Excellence Award to MIRA and Fuss & O’Neill for their entry: “Hartford Landfill State-of-the-Art Closure and Solar Electricity Generating Facility.” The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON, ® on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in Orlando, Florida.
In 2014, MIRA and Fuss & O’Neill completed a 35-acre state-of-the-art synthetic turf cap and one megawatt Solar Electricity Generating Facility (Solar EGF) atop the Hartford Landfill. “It is the first project in New England to marry a synthetic turf landfill cap and a solar energy facility,” said David Bodendorf, senior environmental engineer for MIRA. The final phase of the project included a 3,993-panel solar energy facility that can generate enough electricity to power about 1,000 homes when operating at full capacity.
“We are proud that the Hartford Landfill earned this prestigious award,” said Craig Lapinski, Vice President at Fuss & O’Neill. “This project demonstrates the potential for combining landfill closure with the production of clean renewable energy. The Hartford Landfill stands as an exciting example for other communities across the nation.”
MIRA and Fuss & O’Neill’s winning entry can be found on SWANA’s website at https://swana.org/Awards/ExcellenceAwards/2015Winners.aspx.